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The Advocate brings readers the latest news from the world of gay sports. Follow the most recent developments about the people, policies, and players who are shaping national and international dialogue about athletes and the LGBT community. Read about Michael Sam, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, Darren Young, Johnny Weir, Fallon Fox, and more luminaries of the gay sports arena who are trailblazers in basketball, football, soccer, baseball, hockey, tennis, swimming, track, and golf. Find out about upcoming and past Olympic Games, and how lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes are helping to advance the marathon of equality on an international scale.
WATCH: To State Department, 'We Are All Athletes'
January 31 2014 8:34 PM ET

WATCH: To State Department, 'We Are All Athletes'

A new video from the U.S. State Department paints a picture of Olympians and Paralympians as different, but equal — and includes a possible allusion to gay athletes.

9 NFL Players Who Make Being an Ally Look Very Good

9 NFL Players Who Make Being an Ally Look Very Good

The Super Bowl is about to cap yet another season without an openly gay player. But a ton of rookies and young players are welcoming of gay teammates and fans. Here are a few friendly faces.

IOC Member Says Russia's 'Antigay Stuff' Is Overblown

IOC Member Says Russia's 'Antigay Stuff' Is Overblown

Canadian International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says he doesn't agree with Russia's 'gay propaganda' ban, but other countries have much worse laws penalizing LGBT people.

Top Russian Official Says Olympic Athletes Cannot Protest

Top Russian Official Says Olympic Athletes Cannot Protest

The statement appears to contradict assurances made Monday by the president of the International Olympic Committee that athletes could make political statements at press conferences in Sochi.

The Very Short List: Who Is Gay In The Olympics?
February 08 2014 1:51 PM ET

The Very Short List: Who Is Gay in the Olympics?

Who will represent Team LGBT in Sochi? Barely a handful of athletes worldwide have come out.

Super Bowl Ads: Best and Worst Ever for LGBT Viewers

Super Bowl Ads: Best and Worst Ever If You're LGBT

Everyone knows Super Bowl ads appeal to the best and worst of American humor, so will this year be a winner for LGBT viewers? Here we look back at the TV moments we loved — or that made us cringe.

First Active College Football Player to Come Out: Willamette's Conner Mertens

First Active College Football Player Comes Out

By announcing that he's bisexual, Willamette University's kicker, Conner Mertens, becomes the college football player to come out while still active in the sport. 

First Active College Football Player Comes Out

Conner Mertens, Willamette University's kicker, tells his story

Blake Skjellerup Misses Olympic Qualification

Blake Skjellerup Misses Olympic Qualification

Gay New Zealand Olympic hopeful Blake Skjellerup announces that he will not be heading to Sochi next week.

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